Animated Video Explains Cell Phone Data Mining
Motion designer, Michael Rigley, created an animated video called “Network,” that describes cell phone data mining. The video discusses what kind of information is being transmitted to cellular providers, how that information is stored, how long it’s stored for, and how it’s being used.
According to Rigley, 736 pieces of the average user’s data are collected every day. Over a million pieces of that data (spanning the past 45 months) are in the cell phone provider’s possession — and that collection of data forms your “digital identity.” Just by using a network, you’re automatically volunteering that data to be sold for intrusive purposes (i.e. affected search results and advertisements).
FJP: Who else would have been more surprised if these providers WEREN’T using our information? #jadedmillennial - Krissy
Perhaps in response to the criticism he’s received for his story on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald has launched Journalists Against Journalism. The blog features caricatures, drawn by cartoonist Susie Cahill, of journalists who are “eager to throw fellow journalists under the bus.” The blog states:
Glenn Greenwald’s groundbreaking reports on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs have set off a firestorm. What’s strange, though, is how much of the mainstream press’ outrage has focused on Greenwald — not the leaks he exposed…Indeed, many of the journalists featured here have skipped the hard questions and gone right to making accusations.
I love classic comedies. One of my favorite things to so on a Sunday is to watch an old Glenn Greenwald movie— he was the master of the “slow burn.”
Track: Slack Motherfucker
Rupert Murdoch, offering advice to Facebook, via Twitter.
Murdoch’s News Corp (in)famously bought Myspace in 2005 for $580 million and sold it in 2011 to Specific Media for $35 million. During a 2011 annual meeting, he admitted that News Corp managed to “mismanage it in every possible way.”
A Yemeni youth activist has been tweeting his reactions to his village being struck by a U.S. drone. Amazing.
Something weird has happened to The Most Trusted Name in News.
Has something weird happened? Has the race to break news scraped the bottom of the barrel yet (of course not, there’s a long way to go).
In my inconsequential opinion, CNN has been one of the newsroom to most embrace technology and social media in recent years and as a result it is also the one suffering most from the process of pulling hard fact from rumour and hearsay as the time to do this work diminishes in the newsroom.
What does Jurassic Park have to do with public lands? Quite a bit, actually…
Jurassic Park is based on paleontologist’s research analyzing fossils. Our extensive knowledge of dinosaurs wouldn’t be possible without this research, which is conducted by permitted paleontologists and their students. Many of the greatest dinosaur discoveries occur on your public lands in Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and New Mexico! For example, just outside Cañon City, Colorado discoveries include the first complete skeleton of Allosaurus, the three most complete Stegosaurus skeletons ever found, as well as the first known remains of dinosaurs like Camarasaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Diplodocus.
Of course, the proper preservation and protection of paleontological resources is a vital component of BLM’s Paleontology program and is the reason that the BLM and Universal Studios created these Public Service Announcements back in 1993. Students and scientists with BLM permits are making new discoveries every year, many of whom became excited about paleontology because of movies such as Jurassic Park. Join the adventure, click here to learn more about fossils on public lands!
—Kyle Sullivan, BLM Colorado
Watch the original PSAs here:
Note: license for footage used in these PSAs granted by Universal Studios in June 1993.
Oh man. Whoever is running the Bureau of Land Management Tumblr is doing it right.